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Merit Badges

Scouts can earn more than 100 merit badges, including the newest merit badges—Kayaking, Search and Rescue, and Game Design. Earning merit badges gives Scouts the opportunity to participate in activities and study subjects that prepare them for life.

For information on merit badge requirements and resources, go to Boys’ Life magazine’s Merit Badge Requirements page.

Merit Badge Popularity

The top 10 merit badges required for Eagle rank earned in 2012:

  • First Aid
  • Swimming
  • Environmental Science
  • Citizenship in the World
  • Citizenship in the Nation
  • Camping
  • Communications
  • Citizenship in the Community
  • Personal Fitness
  • Family Life

The top 10 merit badges not required for Eagle rank earned in 2012:

  • Rifle Shooting
  • Leatherwork
  • Archery
  • Wilderness Survival
  • Fingerprinting
  • Wood Carving
  • Canoeing
  • Fishing
  • Chess
  • Art